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    FIRM IN MISSION. FLEXIBLE IN DELIVERY.

    Posted by Brian Keel on Mar. 30, 2020

    Non-profit organizations form in the hope and belief that they can address societal needs in ways that are more efficient and effective than have been previously tried.  Some organizations have a mission focused on solving a specific problem like regional homelessness or finding a cure for a disease.  Others have a broader mission that desires to serve the community in changing ways over time.  Either way, there is an inherent knowledge that while the mission is firm, the strategies and tactics needed to achieve that mission will need to be flexible over time.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Relationship Building, Nonprofit

    GROW SMART

    Posted by Brian Keel on Dec. 12, 2019

    Recently, while in Bloomington, IL, the hotel shuttle driver dropped me off with the comment “welcome to the smallest airport I’ve ever seen.”  He was surprised when I assured him that I had seen several airports with fewer than nine gates.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, Capital Fundraising, finance

    SUDDENLY IT HAPPENED

    Posted by Jason Fry on Oct. 8, 2019

    I met with an experienced Major Gift Officer recently who shared a story about a donor he’d been close to for many years. That donor had made a transformational gift to the organization he represented within his first 3 months on the job. The CEO, management team and the board were awestruck that this new guy magically pulled in one of the biggest gifts they’d ever received. The prevailing thought was, “Wow – this is what fundraising should be! Just find the rich people and ask them for money.”

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    Topics: Fundraising, Major Gifts, Nonprofit Management, Art Of The Ask

    UNDERPROMISE AND OVERSERVE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Sep. 27, 2019

    Summer is in the rearview mirror and that can only mean one thing: budgeting time is here.

    Might we suggest you take a moment to move those antacids back to your desk?

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, budget

    STEP UP YOUR GAME

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Oct. 2, 2018

    It was day two of the Global Leadership Summit and the first speaker of the day was Rasmus Ankersen, a young soccer team owner from the Netherlands. Our expectations weren’t high. What could he have to teach us about leadership or how to help our clients succeed?

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    Topics: Leadership, Rasmus Ankersen, Nonprofit Management

    SMALL BUT MIGHTY

    Posted by Thom Peters on Jan. 17, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Going small to go big.  

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Development, Nonprofit Management

    PASSING THE BATON

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Nov. 9, 2016

    During an election season we are constantly reminded of leadership transitions. Many of our clients are preparing for their own leadership transitions. Long-serving CEOs and CDOs are now retiring and welcoming the next wave of leadership to move their organizations boldly forward.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Leadership Transition

    REINVIGORATING VOLUNTEER TEAMS

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on May. 31, 2016

    In this series, the DBD Team will take a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with our clients. In today’s blog, Jan Brogdon reflects on our axiom: Boards Don’t Heal Themselves.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Recruitment

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jun. 3, 2015

    Many nonprofit leaders want to begin an endowment development program, but are unsure of where to start. They don’t know who might be a good prospect in their community or among their past donors. How can you tell if someone has the resources and the desire to leave a legacy gift to your organization?

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, Endowment, Planned Giving, Search Letter

    FOUNDATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Mar. 9, 2015

    When you think about cultivating donors, getting to know them better and engaging them more deeply in your organization, do you include the leaders of the foundations that support you each year?

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    Topics: Stewardship, Nonprofit Management, Foundations, Mission Alignment

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